Honorary Whites and the Collective Black

A nice piece on race dynamics in the US

Ed Morales

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If there’s one thing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s banal discourse on race reveals is a fundamental dynamic in our “post-racial” society. Much of mainstream America virulently denies it is racist, while simultaneously having racist attitudes and beliefs. Of course the mainstream media will deny this, and call for Sterling’s head, if nothing else out of pure embarrassment. But what played out between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, on their now-infamous 9:23 conversation, yields insight into the middle ground Latin@s hold in America’s evolving race debate.

Let’s not even get into the connection between racism and patriarchy here, where Sterling’s main motivation seems to be that as an eighty something year-old playboy, he can’t stand to see his twentysomething girlfriend post photos of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram. Outside of that, he insists, he loves black people. He’s fine with making millions in philanthropic contributions to…

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BlueStacks to the rescue

Are you finding it increasingly difficult to debug your Android projects? There are currently many android emulators out there that promise better speeds than the default android emulators but the pain involved in setting them up makes their seeming advantages vanish.

For instance, GenyMotion is one such emulator but the pain involved in setting up an online account with them, launching a VM, installing an emulator then setting up your IDE to use GenyMotion makes it a bit of a stretch.

BlueStacks have been around for a while now and though its gained traction with lots of Windows and Mac users, it is actually an Android emulator and can be configured to test Android Apps.

To do this, head over to the BlueStacks website, download and install a copy. Luckily it’s free and requires no registration.

Next, Launch BlueStacks

If you’re using Android Studio, from the Tools menu, go to Android then Enable ADB integration and launch the Android Debug monitor. The BlueStacks emulator should be listed. Now you can run your application in BlueStacks by choosing Run app in Android Developer Studio and select Bluestacks from the running devices.

If you’re using Eclipse, configure BlueStacks as an Android remote device (default port is usually 5555 or 5554) and viola, you’re off to debugging and testing your Android Apps.

As an emulator, it offers just about all the other options other emulators promote including full integration with the Android Debug Monitor, Logcat and more.

 

 

Android Bootstrap Setup

Android bootstrap can serve as a good scaffold in learning and building android apps. A nice tool it is but the documentation on the site is outdated and it currently prefers gradle to maven unlike what the documentation and accompanying video suggests.

I found the source files on Github do not have the pom.xml files to make out of the box development easy. So head over to the Android Bootstrap generation page, enter some details about your app and generate source code specifically tailored for your app. Unzip the files to a location of your choosing.

Install all the needed tools, JDK, Android Studio or IntelliJ, Gradle and all other dependencies the tools may suggest. Add gradle to your paths so you can run gradle commands easily from your terminal. Continue reading

A time to code

Following John Resig’s post on writing code everyday, I decided to commit to that as well and write code everyday as that will be immensely helpful in crossing items off my ever growing todo list.

Further reading led me to Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret,  which proved useful. So now I pledge to not only writing code everyday but to cross an X on my calendar each time I fulfill that pledge.

Pledge to blogging everyday? Not now 🙂 though I will do well to update it frequently.